allegory

Allegory of the Tyranny of the Duke of Alva in the Netherlands (c. 1622). Detail. [x]

Fragment of an allegory of the tyranny of the Duke of Alba in the Netherlands. The left part of the painting showing Alba sitting on his throne is missing.

In the middle the Seventeen Provinces with their crests are kneeling down, while being chained in captivity. To the left members of Alba’s Council of Troubles. To the left the dumbfounded members of the States General of the Netherlands. Bottom right a group of spectators. In the background left the decapitation of the counts of Egmont and Horn in May 1568 is shown, as well as the Duchess of Parma fishing in a pond. In the background right bodies are being burnt and hung from gallows.

Based on a print by Willem Jacobsz Delff dated 1622.

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1758-1823)
“Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows” (1809)
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Commissioned by Empress Josephine, this canvas was to be shown at the 1810 Salon, but the plan was abandoned when Napoleon divorced her in late 1809. Following Napoleon’s marriage to an Austrian archduchess, any public exhibition of the painting was inconceivable, and the work remained in the artist’s studio until his death. The painting being unfinished may also reflect the patron’s painful circumstances.

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Allegory of the Tyranny of the Duke of Alva in the Netherlands (c. 1622). Details. [x]

Fragment of an allegory of the tyranny of the Duke of Alba in the Netherlands. The left part of the painting showing Alba sitting on his throne is missing.

In the middle the Seventeen Provinces with their crests are kneeling down, while being chained in captivity. To the left members of Alba’s Council of Troubles. To the left the dumbfounded members of the States General of the Netherlands. Bottom right a group of spectators. In the background left the decapitation of the counts of Egmont and Horn in May 1568 is shown, as well as the Duchess of Parma fishing in a pond. In the background right bodies are being burnt and hung from gallows.

Based on a print by Willem Jacobsz Delff dated 1622.

Jacob’s Ladder.

Jacob’s Ladder is the colloquial name for a bridge between the Earth and Heaven that the biblical Patriarch Jacob dreams about during his flight from his brother Esau, as described in the Book of Genesis. The story of Jacob’s Ladder is actually an ancient allegorical biblical tale describing the Alchemical process of reaching complete Gnosis or what some may call, Sainthood or Enlightenment. A Symbolic Ladder that we all must climb if we wish to reach the Spiritual Heights of the Divine in the Heavens while we are encased in Physical Matter here on Earth. As we climb, we must purify ourselves, our thoughts, habits and actions so that we may reach that seventh and final step of our ascent in order to activate all of our seven senses and DNA.

Allegory of the Tyranny of the Duke of Alva in the Netherlands (c. 1622). [x]

Fragment of an allegory of the tyranny of the Duke of Alba in the Netherlands. The left part of the painting showing Alba sitting on his throne is missing.

In the middle the Seventeen Provinces with their crests are kneeling down, while being chained in captivity. To the left members of Alba’s Council of Troubles. To the left the dumbfounded members of the States General of the Netherlands. Bottom right a group of spectators. In the background left the decapitation of the counts of Egmont and Horn in May 1568 is shown, as well as the Duchess of Parma fishing in a pond. In the background right bodies are being burnt and hung from gallows.

Based on a print by Willem Jacobsz Delff dated 1622.